Monthly Archives: January 2018

Five To One Bartender Vies for Global Cocktail Crown

Source: Eater DC

The next round of dueling rum drinks happens February 6

French Scotty Marshall, bartender at fledgling U Street bar Five to One and national semi-finalist in the annual United States Bartenders’ Guild Legacy Cocktail Competition is just steps away from nabbing the global title in Mexico City on Tuesday, May 1.

First he’ll have to compete in the national championships against nine other bartenders on Tuesday, February 6 in Miami. From there, two U.S. contestants — one from each coast — will be selected to go up against 28 other bartenders from around the world. He’s the first D.C.-based bartender ...

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A New Report Says Thai Seafood Is Still Being Caught by Slaves

Source: Grub Street NY

Human Rights Watch issued a new report today arguing, in essence, that Thailand has made no reforms to its seafood industry, despite the grievous human-rights abuses first exposed nearly four years ago. After doing two years’ worth of interviews with 248 fishermen, the group blasts the Thai government’s …

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Food Diaries of the Famous: Chef Patrick O’Connell

Source: Washington Post Food Section

The culinary biography of chef Patrick O’Connell, celebrating the 40th anniversary of his legendary Inn at Little Washington—including his recorded-live phone call from the Michelin Guide about whether he received its coveted three-star rating this year.

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18 Succulent Roast Chickens to Try in NYC

Source: Eater NY

From Chinese to classically French, these birds have resurrected a formerly ho-hum standard

Roast chicken is a deceptively traditional dish that has become a platform for many of the city’s most creative chefs, as well as a destination meal for locals and tourists. Here’s a list of New York City’s most exciting roast chickens at restaurants right now.

Note: This list is arranged geographically south through Manhattan and north through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

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Where to Eat Tacos in Atlanta

Source: Eater Atlanta

There’s never a wrong day to eat tacos

There’s never a wrong day to eat tacos, and Atlanta has plenty of options in which to enjoy these meat or vegetable-filled tortilla bundles. The metro area offers every form of taco from the truly authentic to Americanized versions to Korean-infused bites. Here are 15 spots around Atlanta (unranked, mapped north to south) to grab tacos any day of the week.

Don’t see your favorite Atlanta taco spot listed here? Give it a shout-out in the comments, or reach out via Twitter, Facebook, or the Eater Atlanta tipline.

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Park Slope Juice Bar Owner ‘Seriously Considering’ Running for President

Source: Eater NY

Stoop Juice owner Jose Franco would run as an independent

The owner of Stoop Juice in Park Slope once accused President Trump of hacking the website of his Seventh Avenue organic juice bar — and now he claims he’s running for president himself.

Jose Franco told Patch that he’s “been discouraged about the direction the country has been going for the last several years,” but that the recent government shutdown convinced him that he needs to be in a leadership position. He posted a rant on Facebook after the shutdown was announced, which included some thoughts about how he would ...

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9 Arepas to Try Right Now

Source: Eater DC

Cheese, beans, and assorted meats fill the popular corn cake sandwiches

Arepas, the easily adaptable corn cakes enjoyed throughout Venezuela, Colombia, and parts of the Caribbean continue finding their way onto the menus at local restaurants and roving food trucks.

Homegrown Arepa Zone, which started out serving its hearty sandwiches curbside, recently opened its first brick-and-mortar shop just below Logan Circle. Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo worked gourmet arepas into his debut D.C. restaurant, Chicken + Whiskey. Meanwhile, family-owned restaurants such as Al Carbon in Rockville, Maryland, Arepas Pues in Silver Spring, and JPII Colombian Breeze in Gaithersburg are ...

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9 Arepas to Try Right Now

Source: Eater DC

Cheese, beans, and assorted meats fill the popular corn cake sandwiches

Arepas, the easily adaptable corn cakes enjoyed throughout Venezuela, Colombia, and parts of the Caribbean continue finding their way onto the menus at local restaurants and roving food trucks.

Homegrown Arepa Zone, which started out serving its hearty sandwiches curbside, recently opened its first brick-and-mortar shop just below Logan Circle. Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo worked gourmet arepas into his debut D.C. restaurant, Chicken + Whiskey. Meanwhile, family-owned restaurants such as Al Carbon in Rockville, Maryland, Arepas Pues in Silver Spring, and JPII Colombian Breeze in Gaithersburg are ...

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Old-Guard Chef François Payard Joins Growing French Brasserie Karver

Source: Eater NY

The famous pastry maker has a new lease on life in New York

Just when it looked like heavily awarded French chef François Payard and his famous macarons would be erased from New York forever, news comes that he’s joining forces with Karver, the mushrooming brasserie and cafe slated to open two new Manhattan outposts this year. His new menu will go live this Friday at Karver’s four-month-old Sheepshead Bay location.

While the current offerings are pretty standard (croque monsieur, French onion soup) and sometimes off-theme (red velvet cupcakes), it’s safe to expect minor changes as far as the ...

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Arlington Restaurants Participate in Winter Restaurant Week

Source: ARLnow

Arlington Restaurants Participate in Winter Restaurant WeekFoodies can enjoy discounted prix fixe meals through Sunday, Jan. 28 during this year’s Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week.

More than 250 restaurants in the District, Maryland and Virginia are participating in the event, which kicked off on Monday. In Arlington, 18 eateries are also taking part.

Restaurants will offer three-course lunch and brunch menus for $22 and a three-course dinner for $35. The annual event is sponsored by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.

Participating Arlington restaurants include:

  • Ambar Clarendon (2901 Wilson Blvd)
  • Cheesetique Ballston (800 N. Glebe Road)
  • Cheesetique Shirlington (4056 Campbell Ave)
  • Epic Smokehouse (1330 S. ...

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Pete Wells Gives One Glowing Star to Fast-Food Restaurant Pasta Flyer

Mark Ladner’s Pasta Flyer and Danny Meyer’s Martina both earned one star from the NYT critic

In a double-header this week, Pete Wells takes on Mark Ladner’s Pasta Flyer and Nick Anderer’s Martina. The NYT critic says that although the food at these chef-run Italian fast-food spots isn’t quite the same as it was at their finer dining initiatives , they’re still worthwhile in an increasingly expensive market.

“There’s precedent,” Wells claims, “for devoting specialized attention to the problems of everyday living among architects and industrial designers, who may toggle between showpiece commissions and small, affordable houses,” and it’s with this in mind that he reviews the restaurants.

Previously, Ladner ran the kitchen at Del Posto, where he brought the restaurant to four stars. (Del Posto is part of a restaurant group which as of late has come under scrutiny due to sexual misconduct charges.) A year ago, he left the restaurant to strike out on his own with Pasta Flyer, which serves up counter-service fare — choose a pasta, choose a sauce, choose your own table — in a space topped off with a giant satellite dish that makes “Mr. Ladner’s fixation on flying saucers” clear.

The standout dish is the garlic knots. About the rest of the food, Wells says:

The texture is the first thing most cheap pasta places screw up. Pasta Flyer doesn’t screw it up. The noodles are firm and chewy, with a happy little bounce. Partly this is because they’re not overcooked, but Mr. Ladner is also buying excellent dry pasta from Italy. It’s similar to the imported stuff I like to buy when I cook at home, which costs almost as much by the pound as a bowl does at Pasta Flyer. The rigatoni is made with whole grain and the penne is gluten free; they’re both as supple and smooth as the three shapes made from semolina.

[…] Mr. Ladner, though, is using his skill, knowledge and connections not to make special-occasion fireworks but to make ordinary food that many people can afford. Pasta Flyer isn’t spectacular, but it’s still a major achievement. I’ve eaten a lot of supposedly cheap pasta, and it’s never as good as what Mr. Ladner is serving.

Across town in the East Village, Martina — “the less expensive younger sibling” to Anderer and Danny Meyer’s Flatiron restaurant Marta — has a scaled down menu from the original location but plenty of successes, starting with the fagioli al fiasco and arancini and ending with the soft serve. In between, there’s pizza:

The pizza is in the style of Roman neighborhood joints. The crusts are flat, extremely thin, pale and crisp, but not crunchy. They’re softer than the ones at Marta, which snap like crackers. The crust is merely a vehicle; what interest these pies hold is entirely in their toppings. Covered with mushrooms, say, or pork sausage with broccoli rabe, or grated cheese and shaved brussels sprouts, they can be very good. But the simple margherita is a bore.

Critics, including Wells (0 stars for both Locol and Made Nice) and Eater’s own Ryan Sutton, have raised a skeptical eyebrow at chefs striking out into the world of fast-casual restaurants. But it’s hard to argue with Wells’s point that not everything has to be The Perfect First-Date Restaurant, and that making “ordinary food that many people can afford” in a city as expensive as New York is in and of itself worth a certain kind of recognition.

Buzz Bakeshop’s ‘Pink Ladies’ Cupcake Raises $3,000 for Female Pols

Source: Eater DC

Plus, Columbia Room does Denver

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DENVER—There was a Blagden Alley versus South Beach bartender battle on January 22 at Occidental in Denver. A team representing D.C.’s award-winning Columbia Room — including Suzy Critchlow, JP Fetherston, and Paul Taylor — took on drink masters from Miami Beach’s Sweet ...

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Customer Spits in the Face of a Barista and the Coffee Shop Captures It All on Video

Source: Washingtonian Food

The baristas at coffee shop Qualia were well-acquainted with one particular bearded customer. Assistant manager and barista Allie Viall says she’d warn new female employees about him and didn’t like to leave them one-on-one with him. Owner Joel Finkelstein says the verbally abusive guy “has never been my favorite customer.” In November, the man came in while […]

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Can Lab-Made Meat Be Considered Kosher or Halal?

Source: Grub Street NY

Now that secular stomachs churn less at the idea of in vitro steak, the clean-meat industry wants a tougher challenge: Can the Jewish and Muslim communities be convinced that cells grown in a bioreactor by people with lab coats adhere to their dietary laws? Grappling with how to …

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Where to Find Whiskey and Haggis on Burns Night

Source: Eater DC

Commemorate poet Robert Burns with food and drink on January 25

Local bars and restaurants are breaking out their best Scotch and bagpipes this week to celebrate the life of Scotland’s national poet, Robbie Burns.

Thursday, January 25 is the bard’s birthday, and it has become one of those excuses-to-drink holidays the world over. Burns Night also happens to be a fun and festive tradition, in which someone of Scottish descent heaps praise on one of the country’s dining staples — haggis.

In D.C., restaurants, bars, and cultural groups go out of their way to celebrate Burns Night. While ...

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The Food Documentary Knife Skills Was Just Nominated for an Oscar

Source: Grub Street NY

The 2018 Oscar nominations are out, and the nominees include the food film Knife Skills for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Directed by Academy Award winner Thomas Lennon, the film chronicles the opening of a Cleveland restaurant, Edwins Restaurant & Institute, which opened expressly to employ men …

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Chai Pani owner celebrates Indian chefs with Brown in the South dinner series

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The event flyer from the first volume of Brown in the South.Image by Brown in the South. On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge kicked off the “Brown in the South” benefit dinner at Chai Pani, hosting in front of a sold-out crowd the first in a supper series created by Chai Pani owner Meherwan Irani and Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford, Mississippi. Beyond serving as a fundraiser for SFA, the dinner was a love letter to Indian chefs living and working in the South. After attending last year’s SFA ...

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Restaurant Review: Can Fancy Chefs Excel at Fast, Cheap Food? Two Case Studies

Source: NY Times Food

Mark Ladner’s Pasta Flyer and Nick Anderer’s Martina aim for everyday Italian cuisine that’s actually about the food.

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A new spot for Mexican food now open in Buford

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Food from the menu of Pueblo Maya / Photo courtesy of Pueblo Maya

Gwinnett County has a new place for tacos, enchiladas and other Mexican staples.

Pueblo Maya opened at 33 Buford Village Way in the Buford Village mixed-use development last week.

The restaurant serves “fresh-made Mexican food with a modern flair” according to general manager Carlos Diaz, with a menu featuring dishes including chilaquiles, Enchiladas Isla Mujeres — enchiladas filled with shrimp and fish cooked with pico de gallo and topped with jalapeño cheese dip and ranchero salsa, lettuce and tomato — and a variety of burritos, tacos, fajitas ...

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21 Essential Coffee Shops in Philadelphia

Source: Eater Philly

Where to caffeinate

As the country’s coffee culture evolves and expands, so do the number of spots to enjoy great java in Philadelphia. The city has seen an explosion of third wave coffee — where sustainable ethos, single origin sourcing, and attention to detail in the cup translates to a whole new world of caffeinating. Cafes embracing that ethos take their brews seriously, not unlike sommeliers with wine.

So while Philadelphians can find a cup of coffee pretty much anywhere, here are the decidedly new school spots where you should be drinking coffee right now, along with a few shops ...

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